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We all have a part to play in that number, for instance shops and manufacturers generate 6 million tonnes of food waste annually, restaurants generate another 3 million tonnes and 33% of the food we buy is thrown away
But at the same time 8.4 million people in the UK who are too poor to eat and 4.7 million people go a whole day without food
So what can you do to help reduce some of these statistics?
Food waste top tips
Tip #1 - understand the difference between use by, best before and sell by dates. It could make the difference between using or throwing away food
Tip #2 – go shopping with a list. It could not only reduce your food bill by discouraging you from purchasing BOGOF and other special offers but you will only buy what you need and help reduce waste
Tip #3 – Use the freezer to correctly store leftover food. Place leftovers in freezer bags (clearly labelled with the contents and a date)
Tip #4 – Love your leftovers; veg can be made into a winter warming and cheap soup, stale bread can be turned into breadcrumbs, garlic bread or frozen, herbs can be added to bottled oil to create flavoured oils, potatoes can be cooked,mashed and frozen, ripe bananas can be broken into pieces and frozen ready to be added to smoothies or whizzed in a blender to make ice-cream
Tip #5 – Stalks, stems, outer leaves from veg and herbs can all be frozen ready to make homemade stock for stews, soups, risottos and sauces
Tip #6 – Ripe fruit can be cooked in a small amount of water and some cinnamon, nutmeg and a pinch or two of sugar until soft and spooned over yoghurt, served with your favourite cereal or eaten with custard. Any left over can be frozen flat in freezer bags
Tip #7 – Never go food shopping when you are hungry; it could encourage you to make impetuous buys
Tip #8 - Make your salad leaves last longer by putting them in a big bowl or tub, lay a paper towel or two over the top so moisture doesn’t settle on the leaves. Cover with a lid or some clingfilm and store at the bottom of the fridge.
Tip #9 – Practice portion control and don’t overload your plates with food. Consider using smaller plates, bowls and glasses
Tip #10 – If you have left over food contact your nearest food bank, soup kitchen, charity or local church and let them redistribute it for you